What’s the difference between the private, public and hybrid clouds?
The volumes of data created and consumed by companies has rocketed, making local management both costly and time consuming. With this in mind, cloud computing is an excellent alternative to running an IT environment from your own server centre. This can take place in the private, public or hybrid cloud, and we’ll be looking at the differences between them below.
What is the public cloud?
According to Microsoft Azure the public cloud is something that is owned and operated by a third-party provider. These services are easy to access via a browser, where they’re open and available for all companies to use. For this reason, the servers are shared with other operations, although the provider also looks after support and security issues. Examples of public cloud computing services include e-mail solutions such as Outlook and Gmail, file storage services like OneDrive or Google Drive and communication solutions such as Teams or Slack.
What is the private cloud?
The private cloud hosts computer resources that are only used by a single business or organisation. With the private cloud, services and infrastructure are always maintained on a private network, and both hardware and software are used exclusively by your business. This makes it easier to adapt resources in order to satisfy specific IT requirements.
What is the hybrid cloud?
In a hybrid solution, storage of information is spread across different geographical locations. This means some parts are based locally, some with a local partner and some in the public cloud. A hybrid solution ensures that, even if there’s an issue with your own backup, there’s always another backup solution to fall back on.